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Kelly Smith and Mila Koumpilova, Published May 10 2009

Ada-Borup band honors redheads with song

The Ada-Borup High School band is shooting its first music video Wednesday, and they’re looking to enlist redheads from across the area to star in it.

Band Director Richard Tuttle has generated buzz with his unconventional approach, which made band participation explode in recent years. He bought electric guitars and amplifiers, and opted for rock and hip-hop tunes over band staples. The group is now a bona fide rock band, Tuttle says.

Their latest uncommon venture started out when Tuttle’s red-haired stepson, Zach, complained about students teasing him by calling him “ginger.” So Tuttle decided to pen a rock song titled “Ginger Be Beautiful” to stir some redhead pride.

“After Zach listened to the MP3 of my song, he was proud of his red hair,” Tuttle said.

The band resolved to film a video for their latest piece, with a simple plot: Several classmates teasing Zach find themselves in the auditorium where lead singer Tuttle, band members and some dancers rock out to shouts of “Ginger pride!” from an audience of redheads.

Tuttle hopes redheads from the area will join in, at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium. If you’re interested, call Tuttle at (218) 784-5300.

A free ride

A Friday trip to Itasca State Park by the entire Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton sixth-grade class was made possible by a shopping trip.

Last fall, sixth-grade teacher Lori Daeuber spotted a poster for the Target Field Trip Grants Program while browsing the Moorhead store. The

3-year-old program started out of concern that field trips are facing extinction in public schools: They are one of the first expenses to go as districts trim budgets each spring. In the past year alone, the program has funded 5,000 trips, totaling $4 million.

Minnesota sixth-graders each year learn about their state, and Daeuber thought it would help to drop the textbooks for a day and go explore Minnesota’s nature and history. She applied and got an $800 grant.

“Being able to see things for themselves instead of reading about them in a book will be really important,” Daeuber said.

The group of about 60 students will visit a settler’s homestead, an Indian burial ground and the Mississippi Headwaters. The students also will take notes on animals, trees and rock formations they spot on their expedition.

“We’re trying to promote keeping your eyes open,” Daeuber said.

For more information on the Field Trip Grants Program, visit www.target.com/fieldtrips.

Science whizzes

The Maple Valley High School Science Olympiad team took first place in the state competition recently.

The Class B winners now go on to compete Friday and Saturday at nationals in Augusta, Ga. They’re one of 120 teams across the nation who will compete in science-related events.

WFHS Hall of Fame

West Fargo High School is hosting its first Hall of Fame. For more information or to nominate a former student or staff members, go to www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us or the West Fargo High School office. The deadline for nominations is May 22.

Readers can reach Forum reporters Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515 and Mila Koumpilova at (701) 241-5524